OC News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC launches children's ministry certificate program http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-launches-children-s-ministry-certificate-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will launch a children’s ministry certification program this fall.

The program, which can be completed in less than a year, is designed for people interested in ministering to children who want or need more preparation and training. It is the only children’s ministry certificate program of its kind in the Oklahoma City area and within the churches of Christ.

“There is a huge need for basic training in children’s ministry,” said Charles Rix, interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies. “A lot of people volunteer to help in children’s ministry, but there isn’t much out there to provide training. We have the resources to make them better teachers so they can serve families, the church and their communities.”

OC’s program features two phases. The first phase, which begins this September, features 10 modules that participants can complete online and at their own pace.

The module topics include: Introduction to Children’s Ministry; Teaching Preschool Children (Birth-5 years); Teaching Elementary Children (1st-5th Grade); Spiritual Development of Children; Volunteers and Staff in Children’s Ministry; Safety and Security; Curriculum Development for Children’s Ministry; Crossing Multicultural Barriers in Children’s Ministry; Ministry to the Disabled Child; and Connecting Children, Families and the Church.

The second phase is a one-week capstone seminar held on the OC campus in May 2017. The seminar will include collaborative student work on case studies, student projects, guest speakers and interactive training.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive their official certification in children’s ministry from OC’s College of Biblical Studies.

In addition to offering valuable training for lay ministers and ministry volunteers, OC’s program meets the needs of churches at large by providing certification for those seeking the qualifications required for ordination.

To get more information about the children’s ministry certificate program and September’s first cohort, go to www.oc.edu/cmcertificate or contact Barbara Price at barbara.price@oc.edu or (405) 425-5391. Tuition is just $1,500.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:00 CDT 5a893f02-a66a-4607-8f21-038d0dac345a
Johnston wins Super Regional; Eagles advance to NCAA Championship http://www.oc.edu/news/johnston-wins-super-regional-eagles-advance-to-ncaa-championship/ LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Sam Johnston won the individual crown while Oklahoma Christian placed second in the Super Regional team race to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championship.

OC, competing in the program’s first year of NCAA eligibility, will join 19 other teams at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver for the national tournament, set for May 17-21. And there’s little doubt the Eagles made a name for themselves in Division II circles this week with their strong regional showing, leading the way after the first two rounds and battling No. 1 Chico State down to the wire.

“What an incredible week,” OC coach David Lynn said. “Our first NCAA postseason experience was amazing. All five guys contributed to our team score and that was key to our success. I am so proud of the journey this team has made from day one of practice to today, advancing to the NCAA finals in our first opportunity to do so.”

Johnston, a senior from San Diego and a two-time Heartland Conference player of the year, fired a sizzling 5-under 66 in the final round to clinch the individual championship.

Click here to read the full story on oceagles.com.

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Wed, 04 May 2016 20:00:00 CDT ca15dc40-fed0-4725-a55c-d4d7c7c78188
Oklahoma Christian honors outstanding faculty, staff http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-honors-outstanding-faculty-staff-2016/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – At its spring commencement ceremonies, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) presented three faculty members with awards for their outstanding accomplishments, service and leadership.

Chris Austin received the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching Award, Paul Howard received the Jack and Barbara Rowe Distinguished Scholar Award, and Amanda Nichols received OC’s Faculty Leadership Award.

Austin is an associate professor of physics who earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian in 2001 before returning to his alma mater in 2008. He has an interest in science education, and has helped edit the state certification exam for physics. He presented at the Transformative Learning Conference and was published in the Journal of Transformative Learning in 2013 and 2014. He served as a mentor in the Outstanding Professor Academy for Educators’ Leadership Academy in 2014-2015.

“Dr. Austin is known for his fierce commitment to the learning of all his students, but he is remarkable for his commitment to science learning for the non-major,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “He is an guru of flipped classroom style, learning measurements and innovative science education.”

Howard is an associate professor of mathematics at Oklahoma Christian who works to build meaningful relationships with his students. He is a member of the Mathematics Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. His primary academic interests are mathematics education and point set topology.

“Dr. Howard is collaborating with Dr. Robyn Miller, who is on leave to work for the Oklahoma Department of Education, on a project to get education majors to think and train more carefully as they prepare to be certified mathematics teachers. Their work has been presented nationally to scholars in their fields and will be further prepared for publication,” LaMascus said. “We are proud of Dr. Howard’s teaching at OC and his scholarship in mathematics education.

Nichols, an associate professor of chemistry at OC, is a 2003 Oklahoma Christian graduate who joined OC’s faculty in 2008. She was one of just 25 scholars from around the world chosen for two summers of study in the Scholars and Christianity program at the University of Oxford. Her recent research is focused on science education and mentoring female undergraduates studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

“Dr. Nichols is an outstanding teacher of chemistry, but she has provided key leadership in perpetuating OC’s national leadership in teaching about the key relationship between science and the Bible,” LaMascus said. “Her work at OC and at Oxford has put her among a select group of scholars working to impact all Christian universities through the Templeton Religion Trust.”

The university also honored another faculty members and two outstanding staff members. The Second Mile Award, sponsored by Citizens Bank of Edmond, was presented to Kelli Dudley and ConChita Wilkerson.

Dudley came to Oklahoma Christian in 2013 as an instructor in OC’s School of Education. She was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty, opening her house to students for dinner, for counsel or to study for the Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSAT).

In addition to her vital accounts payable role in OC’s Business Office, Wilkerson is known for her volunteerism and hospitality. She mentors and tutors students on her own time, and houses students in need over the summers and during holiday breaks.

OC named Lisa Herndon as the Staff Employee of the Year. A 1996 OC alumna, Herndon began working in the Office of Information Technology Services in 2010. As manager for support solutions, she is integral in providing excellent support to OC students and employees.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 16:30:00 CDT 77742c3c-2281-4865-b76f-a0098a758774
OC to award degrees at spring commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-to-award-degrees-at-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will present 284 undergraduate and 102 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, April 29.

The ceremony for the College of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Natural and Health Sciences will be at 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in OC’s Payne Athletic Center.

The undergraduate degree candidates come from 27 states and six countries and include 38 graduates from OC’s Honors Program. They major in 44 different areas of study.

The master’s degree candidates come from 10 states and five countries and represent 13 collective areas of study in OC’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Graduate School of Theology.

The commencement speaker for both ceremonies is Ken Parker, co-founder and chief executive officer of NextThought, an education technology company based in Norman.

Parker, a 1983 Oklahoma Christian graduate with a degree in mathematics and computer science, previously led software technology at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Denver and JPMorgan in New York City. He also started a Wall Street-based financial technology company, RiskMetrics, which sold for $1.5 billion in 2010.

Recently, Parker and NextThought partnered with OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science to offer students a software engineering class through a hybrid of online and in-class delivery. The NextThought platform enabled OC students and 30 OC alumni professionals to interact throughout the course.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00 CDT df17d592-ab13-4723-85e4-289ca9a13e6b
Chick-fil-A opening at OC this fall http://www.oc.edu/news/chick-fil-a-opening-at-oc-this-fall/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will soon be home to Chick-fil-A.

Food service provider U Dining acquired the license to operate a full-service Chick-fil-A Express opening in OC’s Gaylord University Center this fall. Students will be able to pay for Chick-fil-A items at OC’s on-campus location using Eagle Bucks with funds charged to their student account.

“I am so excited that Chick-fil-A is coming to Oklahoma Christian,” U Dining president Kurt Hermanson said. “I knew we would be able to open a Chick-fil-A restaurant here at OC someday. Our values, faith and culture are a perfect blend, making this a great fit. Persistence and hard work brought Chick-fil-A to our home.”

Chick-fil-A’s snack bar space ultimately will be adjacent to OC’s future campus café, set to be constructed as a spacious addition to the northwest corner of the Gaylord University Center, looking out on Lawson Commons, the McGraw Pavilion and the Freede Centennial Tower.

The Chick-fil-A Express, new campus café and a new coffee shop are funded through $5.6 million pledged toward OC’s student dining facilities. Construction timelines will be announced at a later date.

OC reached the fundraising goal thanks to a $1 million donation by U Dining, a $1 million grant from the Mabee Foundation, and more than $3 million in additional support from individuals, families and foundations. The funding includes $275,000 that an anonymous donor allowed OC students to allocate by popular vote; they chose the campus café.

“We’re excited to make an on-campus Chick-fil-A location happen for our students. They love Chick-fil-A,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “The new Chick-Fil-A and coffee shop are going to be great on-campus additions this year, but they’re just the first steps in our overall food service upgrade for our students, more than 80 percent of whom live right here on campus. I’m thrilled with how we’ll be able to enhance students’ dining options even more in the years to come.”

Chick-fil-A, Inc., is a family-owned and privately-held restaurant company devoted to serving the local communities in which its restaurants operate. Known for its original chicken sandwich and unique franchise model, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:30:00 CDT a2b35f38-e66b-4848-ad1f-f6e02d2d076e
Student PR firm ranked among nation’s best http://www.oc.edu/news/student-pr-firm-ranked-among-nation-s-best/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The student PR firm from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) placed in the top 20 nationally in the Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Competition.

Eagle PR is in its first year as an active agency. The five-student team competed with its “Embracing and Encouraging Student Veterans” campaign on behalf of the Student Veterans of America organization.

“It’s impressive for a first-year firm to place in the top 20 in the national competition,” said Assistant Professor of Communication Josh Watson, the team’s academic advisor. “They definitely deserve recognition, and it is my hope they have established a solid foundation for an even brighter future for OC.”

Oklahoma Christian is just the second university in Oklahoma to place in the top 20 and earn honorable mention status since 2000.

The average enrollment for all other schools receiving honorable mention this year – including institutions like the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina, Texas Christian University, and Washington State University – was 26,600 students. Oklahoma Christian had a record 2,002 undergraduates enrolled this year.

Kaitlin Franklin led Eagle PR in its first year. Other team members include Media Relations Director Aubree Hughes, Event Coordinator Kelsie Wright, Digital Media Coordinator Hannah Goldapp and Research Director Dylan Schouppe. Sam Sims, director of public relations and marketing at US Fleet Tracking, served as a professional advisor.

“This project was very meaningful to us. It was a great opportunity to use our talents to show respect for those who served,” Franklin said. “We learned so much from this campaign and look forward to offering our services to the new SVA chapter in the future.”

The Bateman Case Study Competition challenges students to research, plan, implement and measure a comprehensive public relations campaign. It gives students an opportunity to apply classroom education and internship experiences to a full-scale public relations campaign. Students were challenged to raise awareness and spark dialogue about the Student Veterans of America organization.

Eagle PR increased awareness of student veterans by reaching 90 percent of OC’s undergraduate students and thousands of members of the local community through five significant events over the course of 30 days.

The kickoff meeting welcomed 50 percent of OC’s student veterans and GI Bill recipients. A career day featured a presentation from a career services representative. Eagle PR and OC’s new SVA chapter hosted a service day where students helped a retired World War II veteran in honor of Kyle Seitsinger, an OC journalism student who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2004.

In addition, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt spoke at OC’s daily Chapel service to help spread the word about the new SVA chapter and share the importance of honoring veterans on campus.

In the past eight years, 95 percent of OC’s public relations majors have had jobs at graduation. Recent graduates have worked for leading agencies, nonprofits and corporations, such as McDonald’s North America, Wal-Mart Corporate Affairs, the Alzheimer’s Association, Devon Energy, Feed the Children, the Gooden Group, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Ideal Homes, Jones PR, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, the Oklahoma Dental Foundation, and Sunbeam Family Services.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:30:00 CDT 7aa85821-f61f-47be-848e-2985baf842d4
Hartman Place beautifies north side of campus http://www.oc.edu/news/hartman-place-beautifies-north-side-of-campus/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) family gathered on a picture-perfect Oklahoma morning to dedicate a new outdoor space for rest, recreation and remembrance.

Hartman Place is named in honor of the late Marshall and Dorothy Hartman, who were longtime supporters of Oklahoma Christian, as well as OC alumni Kent and Nancy Hartman, Dale and Sheila Hartman, Luke and Kate Hartman, and other members of the Hartman family.

“The Hartmans have been friends of Oklahoma Christian for 60-plus years,” Vice President for Advancement Kent Allen said. “They helped bring the school to Oklahoma City, and many Hartman children and grandchildren have attended OC.”

Located on the north side of the Mabee Learning Center and next to the Payne Athletic Center, Hartman Place includes a covered pavilion, a rock waterfall feature, a dry riverbed, and a unique space where people can write tributes to lost loved ones in chalk underneath a stainless steel etching of I Corinthians 13:13.

“Everyone on campus has experienced loss,” Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard said. “This space is meant to be an area where we can reflect and celebrate hope as a community.”

Many OC trustees and other donors combined to fund the project, which HortiCare Landscape Management constructed in just four months under the direction of Jerrod Dean.

“Hopefully, what Jerrod and his crew have done here will make this place feel more like home to those who come in the future and give some pride to those who have done so in the past,” Luke Hartman said at the dedication ceremony. “We hope and pray this becomes a place to rest, pray, read or get to know someone better – a place to remember those who have come before us and anticipate what God will do here in the future.”

In addition to the designated gifts for Hartman Place, 11 projects have been fully funded through OC’s Thrive campaign since its launch in June 2014. More than 7,000 donors have given more than $23 million overall toward Thrive, a student-focused endeavor that emphasizes projects and programs that quickly and directly impact OC’s campus experience and spiritual environment.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:00 CDT 511834c2-1abf-4da7-b5c9-69d2d579cbbf
Oklahoma Christian honors life-saving alum http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-honors-life-saving-alum/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Julie Flegal-Smallwood returned home to a standing ovation at Oklahoma Christian University after saving the life of a child in Paris.

OC president John deSteiguer presented Julie, a 1985 Oklahoma Christian graduate, with the President’s Medal of Distinction at the university’s April 14 Chapel service.

OC created the award two years ago to honor alumni who perform life-saving acts of heroism and service. The first recipients were Kevin Hixson, Cindy Lowe and Jennifer Simonds, teachers who shielded their students from harm as a 2013 tornado destroyed the Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools in Moore.

Julie is a professor at nearby Redlands Community College. She was in France training to take Redlands students on an upcoming mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

At the Charles De Gaulle Airport for her flight home from Paris, Julie saw 5-year-old Jean Luc LeBeouff lifeless and not breathing after he had mistaken cough syrup for juice in his mother’s bag and drank it.

She immediately began CPR on the boy until he came to. French authorities said Julie saved Jean Luc’s life.

Earlier this year, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education presented Julie with a citation from the Oklahoma State Senate.

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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:00:00 CDT a21e7f53-2f05-4917-b923-7abb202593d9
OC students win Model Arab League contest http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-win-model-arab-league-contest/ COMMERCE, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won top honors for the fifth straight year at the Southwest Model Arab League competition.

Representing Algeria, OC beat out 20 other schools for the Outstanding Delegation award, including Baylor University, Oral Roberts University, and Texas A&M University.

Professor of Political Science Raymon Huston, OC’s Model Arab League sponsor, said the three-day competition requires students to learn the stances of each nation in Arab relations.

“The different universities will represent a country on five different committees,” Huston said. “The students will try to present that country’s opinions on past resolutions and just try to be the best they can for that country.”

Two students from each university serve as diplomats on each of the five committees: Economic Affairs, Joint Defense Council, Palestinian Affairs, Political Affairs, and Social Affairs. Each OC student – Priscilla Cisneros, Wesley Duncan, Alexis Farrell, Joshua Gage, Angelica Hickerson, Nicholas Jenson, Meagan McKinley, Cody Milner, Karli Otey and Sean Vandyke – received the Outstanding Delegate award for his or her committee.

In addition, the only OC student to serve as a committee chair received the honor of Distinguished Chair. Huston said OC’s near sweep of the awards is due to the students’ dedication.

“It’s purely voluntary for OC students, whereas about two-thirds of the students from other universities are receiving credit,” Huston said. “My students were self-motivated and worked on their own.”

Huston said the competition is a perfect tie-in to the goal of OC’s Department of History and Political Science.

“Part of what our department wants for students is a global perspective and understanding of other cultures,” Huston said. “In the Model Arab League, they have to truly understand the beliefs and actions of another country and how that fits into the whole culture of the Middle East. They not only have to know the perspective of the country they’re representing, but the perspectives of all the Arab countries, so it gives them an idea of what other countries believe.”

The Model Arab League competition began in 1988 and is supported by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington, D.C. Huston started OC’s Model Arab League team based on his own positive experiences during college.

“When I was a student, it was a fun event,” Huston said. “I wanted to give my students that same enjoyment and fun.”

For more information about OC’s Department of History and Political Science, go to www.oc.edu/historypolisci.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Spring concerts set for April at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/spring-concerts-set-for-april-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music wraps up the school year with three concerts this month.

The OC Chorale will perform on April 14 at 7 p.m., the Chamber Orchestra will perform on April 17 at 2:30 p.m., and the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will have a joint concert on April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Each concert will be held in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free.

The Chorale’s selections will highlight a variety of composers, including Brahms, Mendelssohn and Sandstrom. Sophomore Kennedy McAlister, junior Andrea Ochoa, senior Amanda Smith, senior Sean Steele and senior Lane Wheeler will be featured soloists. The Guthrie High School Choir will join the OC Chorale for Paul Mealor’s “Stabat Mater.”

The Chamber Orchestra concert will feature “Academic Festival Overture” by Brahms and “Frolic” from Parry’s “English Suite.” Miho Fisher will be the staff accompanist playing the harpsichord, donated by former student Hayley Grigg, for “Sonata da Camera, Op. 4, No. 10” by Corelli. Senior Marissa Madison will conduct “Nocturne” from “Moorside Suite” by Holst.

Senior Lauren Smith will conduct “The Typewriter,” featuring typewriter soloist senior Kirby Allen. The Chamber Orchestra will be joined by wind and percussion instruments from the Symphonic Band for “Finale” from “Symphony No. 5” by Shostakovich.

In the joint concert on April 21, the Symphonic Band will perform “Vor Die Front March” by Carl Teike, “Ave Maria” as arranged by Frank Ticheli, “Slava” by Leonard Bernstein and “Symphonic Songs” by Robert Russell Bennet.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform “Residual Fire Dance” by Les Hooper, “Coconut Champagne” by Denis DiBlasio, “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and selections from a Dixieland combo. Sophomore Logan Banister will be featured on tenor saxophone in “Misty” by Erroll Garner.

The ensembles recently completed their annual tour, traveling to New Orleans, Houston and other destinations throughout Louisiana and Texas.

For more information about the concerts, call OC’s Department of Music at (405) 425-5530. To learn more about OC’s music programs, go to www.oc.edu/music.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC hosts communication and leadership event http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-hosts-communication-and-leadership-event/ OC's Department of Communication will host Aspire 2016, a communication and leadership symposium, to offer students advice and encouragement as they pursue internships and careers in the fields of mass communication and marketing on Saturday, April 2. Aspire will feature lectures about social media strategy, branding, communications ethics, student leadership, broadcasting and sports communication.

With the help of communication professionals in the Oklahoma City area, the organizers want to foster learning, spark inspiration and provoke conversations that matter.

“We are privileged to have some of OKC’s most accomplished professionals make time to share their experiences with local college students.” OC Assistant Professor of Communication Josh Watson said. “OC student Jonathan Johnson has invited a great group of speakers for students to network with and learn what PR is like outside the classroom.”

Eight local professionals will present at Aspire, and OG&E Brand Manager Susan Harkness will give the keynote address, “Brand Strategy: Conception to Implementation.” Harkness spearheaded numerous OG&E campaigns including energy initiatives like the Positive Energy Together campaign and OG&E Wind Power.

Other speakers include Director of Media Relations for the Oklahoma City Dodgers Alex Freedman, Jones PR Senior Account Executive and Social Media Specialist Taylor Ketchum, University of Oklahoma Visiting Professor and Lindsay + Asp Faculty Advisor Robert “Pritch” Pritchard, Director of Social Media for VI Marketing and Branding Casey Cornett, OG&E Senior Communications Specialist Karen Kurtz, Founder and CEO of SkyRockIt Media Skye Latimer, OC Marketing Assistant Chelsie Flagg and Senior Communications Partner at Enable Midstream Partners Lee Ann DeArman. Flagg, Ketchum and Latimer are OC mass communication graduates. 

According to Johnson, the event’s organizer, Aspire 2016 will unite students from multiple local universities, including Oklahoma Christian, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma to cultivate their passions and kick-start the future career success.

“The professionals joining us at Aspire 2016 are highly experienced and passionate about the field of mass communication,” Johnson said. “Not only will students get to hear about the work they will do after graduation, they will learn about leadership and innovation in a field that is constantly growing.”

Aspire 2016 will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Adams Recital Hall at Oklahoma Christian University.

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Lilly grant funds OC theology academy http://www.oc.edu/news/lilly-grant-funds-oc-theology-academy/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has received a $175,000 grant to establish a theology academy as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative.

Named “Restore: Theology Academy at Oklahoma Christian University,” the program will provide high school students with mentors who will guide learning and connect students with scriptural and theological resources as they contemplate social, historical, and cultural concerns.

Through classroom and field experiences, students will learn to examine moral and ethical dimensions of life and explore how their lives can positively affect the church and society.

Charles Rix, interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will lead Restore along with program director Ben Langford, who also serves as director of OC’s Center for Global Missions. Doug Peters, associate professor of Bible and the Baugh Chair of Preaching, and theological librarian Chris Rosser were integral to the Lilly Endowment process and will help plan and execute academy initiatives.

“We want to develop young leaders by helping them imagine and discern their future vocations as active participants in God’s story,” Rix said. “God calls us to be good stewards of this world he has created. We want students to confront injustice, inequality and exclusion so they can help bring restoration and reconciliation to the church and the world.”

Restore will function in a three-year cycle: “Restoring Humanity,” which will empower students as young leaders to confront injustice in the world; “Restoring Believers,” which will empower students to be unifying agents in the Christian community; and “Restoring Creation,” which will challenge students to contemplate divine and human creativity and empower to live lives of faithful stewardship.

Oklahoma Christian will model this program after its highly successful Honors Summer Academy, which attracts more than 100 students to the OC campus for experiential academic programming each year.

“We hope to transform each student’s heart so they pursue love for God and love for others,” Rix said.

Professors in OC’s Graduate School of Theology and College of Biblical Studies and other faculty and staff members will serve as teachers and mentors in the academy. The Lilly Endowment funding will help OC hire a program coordinator to help run the academy and raise funds for long-term support.

OC is one of 82 schools participating in the initiative. The schools are located in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

“These colleges and universities are well-positioned to reach out to high school students in this way,” said Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment. “They have outstanding faculty in theology and religion who know how to help young people explore the wisdom of religious traditions and apply these insights to contemporary challenges.”

OC has partnered with nine ministry, service, and educational groups to help launch and support Restore. These organizations include the Academy of Classical Christian Studies, CenterPeace, Feed the Children, Healing Hands International, Kibo Group, Refuge OKC, the Stone-Campbell Dialogue, the Ulster Project, The Way Community Ministries, and World Convention.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Eagles Health Initiative hosts Delete Blood Cancer event http://www.oc.edu/news/eagles-health-initiative-hosts-delete-blood-cancer-event/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A student group at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is rallying members of the community to put an end to blood cancer.

The Eagles Health Initiative organization will host a “Delete Blood Cancer” event March 31 through April 2. People can come be swabbed to see if they can help someone in need of a bone marrow transplant or blood transfusion.

Earl Young, a 1960 gold medalist sprinter who is a leukemia survivor, will speak in OC’s Chapel service on March 31 to share the importance of bone marrow donation.

“Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer,” said India Loyd, EHI member and organizer of the event. “These diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are often treated with bone marrow transplants. However, each patient must find a donor that closely matches certain genetic markers in order for the transplant to be successful.”

On March 31, swabbing stations will be in OC’s residence halls throughout the day. On April 1, stations will be set up in the Gaylord University Center after Chapel. Swabbing will be available to all members of the community on April 2 during OC’s “Choose Your K” event.

Delete Blood Cancer is a non-profit organization that registers potential donors for the national bone marrow registry. Jeff McCormack, dean of OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences, said simply being registered as a bone marrow donor is a powerful way to serve.

“So many of us never have the opportunity to try to help someone in a significant way,” McCormack said. “When you think about serving, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life. Although you are not laying down your life, you are giving of yourself to save someone else’s life.”

Eagles Health Initiative president Jackson Higginbottom said the Delete Blood Cancer event is a great fit because EHI is a new student group dedicated to raising awareness about mental, physical and spiritual health.

“EHI brings together multiple disciplines in the sciences and various other majors across campus,” Higginbottom said. “Everyone should at least know the basics of health, even if that is not the area you are looking at for a career.”

So far, EHI has hosted events and forums about various health-related issues, including stress and anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

For more information about Eagles Health Initiative and Delete Blood Cancer, go to facebook.com/eagleshealthinitiative. To learn more about OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences, go to www.oc.edu/science.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC ranked among best game design schools ... again! http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-ranked-among-best-game-design-schools-again/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With a new gaming and animation lab due for completion later this year, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) got more good news with its ranking among the top undergraduate schools to study game design.

Oklahoma Christian is 29th on The Princeton Review’s just-published list of top colleges in the United States, Canada and some countries abroad. This is the fourth time OC’s gaming and animation program has landed on the prestigious list.

The highest-rated university in Oklahoma, OC is seventh in the western region and ranks ahead of schools like Texas A&M University, Purdue University, Penn State University, DePaul University, and Cornell University on the overall list.

“It’s a great honor to earn such a prestigious ranking on this international list of the best game design schools,” said Jeff Price, chair of OC’s gaming and animation program. “Our program continues to grow because our students love the hands-on opportunities they have to let their creative juices flow with cutting-edge equipment and software. We challenge them to think outside the box and have fun learning so they have what it takes to be successful professionals in the game development industry.”

The Princeton Review chose the top game design schools based on everything from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience.

OC gaming and animation students learn the technology and art of video game design and animation exploring contemporary techniques and genres. Their classes cover 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and game production.

When it opens later this year, OC’s new advanced visualization lab will feature upgraded computer systems, a Form 2 Stereolithographic 3D Printer from FormLabs and a Glowforge Desktop Engraver. Future plans for the lab include the addition of Vicon Motion Capture Systems, an Artec Spider 3D Scanner, five Microsoft XBox One Systems and five Sony Playstation 4 Systems.

“It has long been our mission to help students find – and get into – the schools best for them, “ said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “For students aspiring to work in the burgeoning field of game design, we strongly recommend Oklahoma Christian and each of the other schools that made our 2016 lists. These are truly the ‘cream of the crop’ institutions from which to launch a career.”

More information about OC’s program is available at www.oc.edu/gaming. The Princeton Review’s full report is available at www.princetonreview.com/game-design. PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue, available on newsstands March 29.

The Princeton Review also is known for its annual rankings of colleges in dozens of categories, which it reports on its site, and in its books including The Best 380 Colleges, and Colleges That Pay You Back. The Princeton Review annually ranks Oklahoma Christian among the best colleges overall in Oklahoma and the 15-state western region.

Oklahoma Christian also is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Yale scholar to discuss Christian response to Muslims at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/yale-scholar-to-discuss-christian-response-to-muslims-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God?

That’s the question Miroslav Volf will discuss at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on April 12.

Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His OC lecture will be rooted in his 2011 book, Allah: A Christian Response.

“This book challenges Christians to reconsider thinking about Muslims as people who worship a different God than ourselves,” OC professor of New Testament John Harrison said. “Volf is a Trinitarian – he believes in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and knows that Muslims think about God differently than Christians do. But he believes there are enough similarities that we are talking about the same God.”

Harrison said Volf will explain his belief that Allah and God are the same and address the way Christians and Muslims can talk about the similarities and differences between the belief systems.

“Christians should use respectful dialogue when talking to or about Muslims. There is too much language that is adversarial and incites negative feelings,” Harrison said. “I hope that, after hearing this lecture, a Christian could approach a Muslim with a greater sensitivity or respect for our mutual understanding of God.”

Following the lecture, Volf will participate in a panel discussion with Everett Huffard, professor of missions at Harding Graduate School of Theology; Imad Enchassi, endowed professor of Islamic studies at Oklahoma City University; and Mohamed Daadaoui, associate professor of political science at Oklahoma City University.

Volf’s appearance is part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series. Previous McGaw guests include New Testament scholar N.T. Wright and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. Harrison said this year’s focus will be different than in previous years.

“The precious McGaw Lectures were conversations about Christians’ faith amongst each other, but this time we get to have a conversation about our faith with others,” Harrison said. “I encourage Christians, Muslims or anyone interested in Christian-Muslim dialogue to attend.”

The 2016 McGaw Lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, with the panel discussion to follow. Tickets are free to the public, but must be reserved in advance at www.oc.edu/volf. If the auditorium fills to capacity, overflow guests will be able to watch a live stream of the lecture in OC’s Judd Theatre.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:30:00 CDT 6ffcf730-b2c6-4256-9881-592f878326d2
Oklahoma Christian announces 2016-17 pricing http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-announces-2016-17-pricing/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials plan to keep the nationally-recognized school on the leading edge of college affordability this fall.

Undergraduate tuition for 2016-17 will be $20,770, with OC’s total cost of attendance (including room and board) moving to $28,130 per year.

On average, OC students will pay a net cost of less than $12,000 thanks to scholarships, need-based grants and government assistance. More than 90 percent of OC’s undergraduate students receive financial aid.

A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

“Affordability is a hot issue because it’s important to students and families. We’ve bucked the nationwide trend by keeping OC affordable, and that’s allowed more students to pursue the first-class education Oklahoma Christian offers,” OC president John deSteiguer said.

This will be just the third increase in OC’s undergraduate pricing since 2011. From 2011-12 through the College Board’s latest report for 2015-16, OC’s total cost went up just 7.8 percent compared to 14 percent increases for both the private and public university sectors nationwide.

Compared to OC’s 2015-16 price of $26,920, the College Board reports that private schools cost an average of $43,921 nationwide this year. Public schools cost an average of $19,548 for in-state students and $34,031 for out-of-state students.

OC’s scholarship opportunities include academic merit awards of up to $12,000 per year for students with high ACT/SAT scores and grade point averages, plus full tuition, room and board for National Merit Scholars. The 38 National Merit Scholars in OC’s student body represent the third-most per capita in the state of Oklahoma.

“OC is home to difference makers and world changers,” deSteiguer said. “Students come to OC wanting to learn and grow, and they get an unmatched educational experience that prepares them to make a living and a life.”

To allow students and families to better compare Oklahoma Christian with schools that charge numerous fees on top of their tuition “sticker price,” OC’s 2016-17 cost of attendance includes just one fee that applies to all full-time undergraduate students: a student activity fee of $35 per semester.

There are limited program-specific fees for fall semester freshman orientation, private music lessons, music accompanist charges, nursing clinicals and some courses with labs.

Graduate tuition will range from $450 to $650 per credit hour based on a student’s residency and area of study. Complete pricing information is available at www.oc.edu/costs.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

Oklahoma Christian set records for undergraduate, graduate and total enrollment this year, with 2,002 undergraduates and 584 master’s students giving OC an enrollment of 2,586 students overall. The top 11 enrollment totals in OC history have come in the last 11 years.

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OC students serve on Spring Break mission trips http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-serve-on-spring-break-mission-trips/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Spring Break may be an escape from school for many people, but about 500 students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) are choosing to dedicate their free time to help others through Spring Break mission campaigns.

OC’s Center for Global Missions supports a group headed to Cambodia, and OC Outreach is sending two teams to Texas to serve at Impact Houston and the Boles Children’s Home. Professor of Youth and Family Ministry Dudley Chancey will lead a group on the annual Honduras Spring Break mission trip he sponsors.

“The thing we want most at OC is for students to be formed to the image of God,” Center for Global Missions director Ben Langford said. “Part of being formed to the image of God is being formed to his purposes and his missions.”

OC students also will serve on domestic and international mission trips organized through local congregations and other organizations. Memorial Road Church of Christ will take students to work for Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio and Edmond Church of Christ will take a group to work in McAllen, Texas.

According to Langford, each mission trip makes its own unique impact on the community it touches. OC graduate student Mit Vikraman is a Malaysia native who studied in Singapore and has participated in the Angkor of Faith program with OC’s student missionaries for the past 10 years.

After meeting Langford on the 2015 trip, Vikraman made the decision to come to America and study ministry in OC’s Graduate School of Theology. He said participating in mission work as a student paves the way for people to continue serving others for the rest of their lives.

“It opens our eyes to the needs of people in a way that listening to others or seeing the news from our comfortable chairs can’t,” Vikraman said. “It is one thing to learn about missions in the classroom or church, but it is a whole different thing when you go out to actually do missions.”

Although Spring Break missions are shorter than typical summer mission initiatives, Vikraman said the influence made on students and local communities is long-lasting.

“It makes a difference in the lives that we touch for sure, but the greater difference is the change that takes place in us,” Vikraman said. “Having that experience and coming back changed will prepare us to touch many others for the rest of our lives.”

As a part of OC’s Ethos spiritual life initiative, students are eligible to receive co-curricular credit for participating in Spring Break missions, both through the university and with other groups.

For more information about the Center for Global Missions, go to www.oc.edu/missions.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Chi wins Spring Sing 2016 http://www.oc.edu/news/chi-wins-spring-sing-2016/ The men of Chi Lambda Phi won their 12th Spring Sing championship in the last 15 years with their show, “The Eskimos of Alaska.”

Chi’s 2016 win puts them back on top after a third-place finish last year. They’ve now won six of the last seven Spring Sings.

The women of Iota Kappa Phi tied their highest finish ever, placing second as “The Wicked Witches of Kansas.” Kappa Sigma Tau finished third after winning the title last year. Psi Epsilon placed fourth.

This marked the first time since 2001 that Gamma Rho – champions in 2008 and 2009 – placed outside the top four.

1st - Chi Lambda Phi - “The Eskimos of Alaska”
2nd - Iota Kappa Phi - “The Wicked Witches of Kansas”
3rd - Kappa Sigma Tau - “The Outsiders of Oklahoma”
4th - Psi Epsilon - “The Republicans and Democrats of Washington, D.C.”

Faculty/Staff Favorite - Iota Kappa Phi
Student Favorite - Upperclassmen
Audience Favorite - Theta Theta Theta
Most Original - Phi Omega Nu
Best Banner - Theta Theta Theta
Best Choreography - Chi Lambda Phi
Best Costume - Freshmen
Best Lyrics - Psi Epsilon
Best Video - Chi Lambda Phi
Best Vocals - Iota Kappa Phi
Unity Award - Pi Zeta Phi
Tealridge Golden Cane Award - Freshmen

For more about OC Spring Sing, click here to read a preview of this year's show and click here to see past videos and results.

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Sat, 05 Mar 2016 22:45:00 CST 13e96031-eb05-4d84-b91e-09552734a1e7
OC ethics team takes third at national contest http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-ethics-team-takes-third-at-national-contest/ RESTON, Virginia – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) took third place at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Reston, Virginia.

OC’s student team swept Seattle Pacific University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Indiana University, and placed just ahead of the U.S. Naval Academy, to earn its highest national finish ever.

Oklahoma Christian placed fifth in 2014 and had another top-10 finish last year that featured wins over the University of Michigan and Clemson University.

Sophomore Seanhenry Vandyke said succeeding in a national competition requires a great deal of preparation and learning to approach every topic with an open mind.

“We reviewed various ethical perspectives on the moral dilemmas in the cases,” Vandyke said.

“Our debates, especially with strong competitors, required us to think sympathetically through the viewpoints of both sides and try to understand all the ethical nuances and perspectives that are applicable.”

Ethics team sponsor Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration, said one highlight of the contest was winning a debate by taking an unexpected stance on a challenging issue.

“Our team took a position on a case that is not what one would expect a team to take because it is counter to popular opinion,” Simmons said. “However, they presented a morally and ethically sound argument that won the respect of the judges and members of the audience.”

According to Simmons, OC’s ethics team members show their mental acuity when faced with strong competition.

“When students from OC are tasked with competing against teams from large schools like Indiana University or the U.S. Naval Academy, it can be somewhat intimidating. Yet, they always rise to the challenge,” Simmons said.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl – sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics – was the final contest of the year for OC’s ethics team, but Vandyke said he plans to share his skills with a local school.

“We will not have practices the rest of the semester, but I am helping a private high school, the Oklahoma Institute of Science and Math, to start their own team for the Ethics Bowl,” Vandyke said. “I am really looking forward to that.”

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:00 CST fe32cdf9-1a60-4bd2-b904-47aa7ae60c15
Attorney General Pruitt honors OC student veterans http://www.oc.edu/news/attorney-general-pruitt-honors-oc-student-veterans/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Attorney General Scott Pruitt paid tribute to student veterans at Oklahoma Christian University’s daily Chapel service on March 1.

In recognition of OC’s new Student Veterans of America chapter, Pruitt discussed the importance of honoring veterans.

OC president John deSteiguer is proud to see student veterans finding camaraderie on campus in the new SVA chapter. He welcomes Pruitt’s ideas on ways to celebrate those who fought for our country.

“Saying ‘thank you’ is only the beginning of honoring our veterans,” deSteiguer said. “We are proud to have Attorney General Pruitt here to speak about how we can show our appreciation.”

College students who are veterans have unique needs. Many struggle with the transition from active duty to academic careers. OC’s SVA chapter is addressing those needs by providing student veterans with support, benefit information, career-building skills and service opportunities.

Student veteran Robert Washington is passionate about seeing veterans succeed after combat. He is thrilled to hear from Pruitt. 

“I look forward to meeting the attorney general and thanking him for the support,” Washington said before Pruitt’s visit. “I’m happy to be a part of an organization that helps student veterans.”

SVA is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the “boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:00:00 CST e90913ac-88bb-45ab-a562-ae66e822d371
OC students prepare for Spring Sing 2016 http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-prepare-for-spring-sing-2016/ Watch the live stream of Spring Sing at springsing.tv!

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student body will come together for a grand performance when the 48th-annual Spring Sing show hits the stage March 4-5.

Spring Sing is one of OC’s largest events, featuring music and choreography by the university’s social service clubs and the freshman class, plus vocal performances by student hosts and hostesses. This theme for 2016 is “Land That We Love!”

“‘Land That We Love!’ is a walk through the states, each of which were chosen by the clubs,” said senior Hannah Lorentz, Spring Sing executive director. “I think the audience will like that the show highlights states and the fun aspects that make them unique. It shows the land that we love is full of great things and great people, both of which are diverse and vibrant.”

Spring Sing is planned and operated entirely by students like Lorentz in the executive committee. Each club has its own student directors and volunteers who choreograph the show, make costumes and more. The hosts and hostesses volunteer their time to perform for audiences in between club performances and are an important staple of each Spring Sing show.

Senior Ali Autrey, one of this year’s hosts, said she has enjoyed making friends and learning new music.

“One of my favorite things about being a host is the new relationships I have been able to form with people I may not have met or talked to otherwise,” Autrey said. “I loved learning all of the songs, the cool harmonies that go with them, and being able to delve into my musical side more.”

Autrey is from Burleson, Texas; her fellow hosts and hostesses include Kirby Allen of Plano, Texas, Jabbarri Jones of Los Angeles, Kendall Haliburton of Oklahoma City, Sean Steele of Flower Mound, Texas, and Amy Winn of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

“I can’t wait to see everything come together, to see all of the clubs’ shows, and just take in the full excitement and rush of show week from a host’s perspective,” Autrey said.

Clubs participating in Spring Sing 2016 are Alpha Gamma Omega, Chi Lambda Phi, Gamma Rho, Iota Kappa Phi, Kappa Sigma Tau, Phi Omega Nu, Pi Zeta Phi, Psi Epsilon, Theta Theta Theta, the freshman class and a group of unaffiliated upperclassman. Last year, Kappa Sigma Tau took first place for the first time since 1999.

Club members began practicing for Spring Sing in January, and each dedicated around 40 hours to perfecting their show. Lorentz said she knows firsthand that Spring Sing is a great time for the student body to enjoy community and fellowship.

“I made lifelong friends in Spring Sing, and I will always be grateful for that,” Lorentz said. “I see stuff like that happening around Spring Sing all the time, and it makes me happy. People get to make great relationships while entertaining the audience. It’s pretty incredible.”

Spring Sing is held during OC’s popular Spring Visit, giving prospective students a chance to tour campus on Friday and catch a Spring Sing performance over the weekend.

Spring Sing will take place in Hardeman Auditorium on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $16.50 apiece and are available online at www.oc.edu/springsingtickets.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:00:00 CST dbc8726e-3c09-40f8-934c-8d0faedd866a
OC students teach programming at Chisholm Elementary http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-teach-programming-at-chisholm-elementary/ EDMOND, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University math, computer science and computer engineering recently turned their coding skills into a service opportunity at Chisholm Elementary School.

Through OC’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), more than 20 students volunteered to spend afternoons assisting 2nd through 4th graders in an “Hour of Code” program.

“Hour of Code is an international effort to engage young students with basic computer science principles,” said Andy Harbert, ACM sponsor and assistant professor of computer science. “Marnie Horn, the enrichment teacher at Chisholm, had already begun an Hour of Code program at Chisholm and was eager to have OC students assist.”

OC junior Emily Pielemier said the program takes basic programming work and makes it fun.

“It teaches fundamental logic skills, but it uses characters kids know, like Plants vs. Zombies and Flappy Bird,” Pielemeier said.

Senior Jake Falcon said sharing his knowledge brought as much joy to himself as it did to the Chisholm students.

“Spending time with the kids helps put what I take for granted into perspective,” Falcon said. “They have a fun time learning about coding, and it reminds me of what captivated me about this field to begin with. This experience was so rewarding and rejuvenating that I look forward to doing this again.”

Falcon said early exposure to programming and female mentors can help attract more young women to programming.

“There is a lack of females in STEM,” Falcon said. “It’s valuable to have positive female role models from OC shows younger girls that programming is cool and interesting.”

According to Pielemeier, the students who participated in Hour of Code showed a great deal of promise in the field.

“The girls I helped were all really smart,” Pielemeier said. “They were all really getting it, and they were a lot more motivated than some of the guys there. I thought it was fantastic.”

Pielemeier said she is confident Chisholm’s students will benefit in other areas of education and in their personal lives after learning about programming.

“Programming can be abstracted to any part of life, because it’s all about problem solving,” Pielemeier said. “You have to see that what you’re doing is wrong, and then you have to fix it and find out where you were wrong. Through self-correction, it makes you more resilient.”

Harbert said OC’s students went above and beyond to make the project a success.

“I believe all of the OC students benefitted from the experience, and I’m excited they had this opportunity to engage with the kids and find joy in service,” Harbert said. “Every student represented themselves well and served as a great ambassador for OC.”

For more information about OC’s computer science program, go to www.oc.edu/cs.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:30:00 CST 3148a5b2-c9a5-4962-85d3-16036bc811a6
OC produces classic play "A Doll's House" Feb. 25-27 http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-produces-classic-play-a-doll-s-house-feb-25-27/ The following story by Maggie Halliburton ran in The Talon, OC's online student newspaper.

Through a story of blackmail and forgery, the Oklahoma Christian University Department of Communication is producing Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House” Feb. 25-27 at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre.

“I think people should come watch because it is an enjoyable show,” sophomore Luke Mawhirter said. “While it was written in the 1870s, it sill has a very modern feel to it. The subject matter is mostly about a relationship and relationships are timeless. People always appreciate a good drama. It’s a great story that has a lot of meaningful lessons in it.”

The show stars freshman Sloan Scott as Nora Helmer, Mawhirter as Toravald Helmer, freshman Kiana Foreman as Mrs. Linde, freshman Cody Gill as Nils Krogstad, senior Jonathan Martin as Dr. Rank, senior Alyscia Morante as Anne-Marie, sophomore Della Thomason as Helene, Jonah Watson, age 8, as Bob and Caroline Watson, age 5, as Emmy.

Set in Norway, “A Doll’s House” tells the story of a housewife in the 1870s who lives with a strong dependence on her husband.

“She takes the roll of a doll in her husband’s house,” Mawhirter said. “She grew up in her parent’s house and then moves to her husband’s house, acquiring no life experience at all.”

When Toravald gets dangerously sick, Nora, the wife, tries to find a way to finance his treatment since it requires moving to Italy. However, Mawhirter said Nora uses questionable means to do so, resulting in some serious issues for her family down the line.

“A Doll’s House” first debuted as a three-act play in 1870. Since then, the play has aired as a silent film, as a television show and as a movie. The first movie with sound was produced by Patrick Garland in 1973 and was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Tickets are $10 and are available online. Students can get tickets for free with their student IDs.

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:40:00 CST a7d6fa76-48d7-4505-a6e7-8201cabd211a
OC starts student veterans chapter http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-starts-student-veterans-chapter/ Oklahoma Christian University has a new chapter of Student Veterans of America on campus. When coupled with internal and external war wounds, a degree is an overwhelming goal for troops transitioning from combat to campus.

OC's students are concerned about the lives of veterans after their active duty. The chapter is dedicated to providing military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. OC’s President John deSteiguer is behind the movement 100 percent.

“We may never fully understand the obstacles soldiers face when they return from active military service,” deSteiguer said. “I am confident this new organization will provide another way for student veterans to feel welcome and supported at OC.”

College students who are veterans have unique needs. Many struggle with the transition from active duty to academic careers. OC’s new chapter of SVA is addressing those needs by providing student veterans with support, benefits information, career-building skills and service opportunities. Student veteran Robert Washington is looking forward to the encouraging community.

“It can be difficult to relate to my fellow students," Washington said. "There are many challenges most college students won’t face. They may not understand why I don’t want someone coming up behind me, or why I don’t like loud noises. However, a group like SVA can help more student veterans at OC realize we're not alone and that we can graduate and reach our goals.”

In addition to connecting student veterans to those with similar stories, OC’s SVA chapter hopes to pair student veterans with counseling services and mentors in the academic institution.

OC's chapter of SVA will have its first meeting Thursday, Feb. 18. More information about SVA can be found at www.studentveterans.org.

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Valentine Cabaret to feature Broadway songs http://www.oc.edu/news/valentine-cabaret-to-feature-broadway-songs/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music is creating an evening of songs from Broadway tunes at the 2016 Valentine Cabaret.

The production, which runs Feb. 9 and 11-13, features 31 songs from 22 Broadway musicals.

Terry Attebery is the show’s director. She said the variety of songs from different shows will entertain and engage the audience by mixing new music and familiar pieces fitted to the Valentine’s Day theme.

“There will be shows and songs people recognize and some new things they won’t know,” Attebery said. “It covers all aspects of love – love isn’t always just good.”

Sixteen student performers make up this year’s cast, which features eight men and eight women vocalists along with four instrumentalists. The students are Kayti Alvarez, Tyler Clark, Emily Dick, Hannah Duvall, Patricia Jeffries, Austin Jones, Jabbarri Jones, Hannah Lessly, Peter Miller, Taylor Murphy, Andrea Ochoa, Tess Rudasill, Matthew Russell, Amanda Smith, Sean Steele and Nathan Taylor.

A few changes are in store for this year’s Valentine Cabaret. In addition to the traditional piano, the performances will feature a bass and drum synthesizer combination, and professional lighting.

Attebery said he is sure concertgoers will enjoy the new additions to the 2016 production.

“I think the audience will like the variety of the Cabaret this year,” Attebery said. “I hope they go away absolutely, thoroughly entertained.”

The Valentine Cabaret begins at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the OC Box Office or at www.oc.edu/cabaret.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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